Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

I have Ali, of gimmesomeoven, to thank for these.

When I was little, my grandmother had this recipe for a cookie that she would always make for me when visiting.  She called them “No-Bake Cookies.”  I never understood how they could be a cookie and not be baked.  Of course, I was about 4 years old, so a lot of things really didn’t make sense, but the one thing that was clear to me was that these cookies were my favorite thing that she ever made.

And then, when I was in school and didn’t have access to my grandmother’s handwritten recipe cards, I found Ali’s recipe online.  Speaking of, you must check out her website.  Amazing photography.  Amazing recipes.  I’ve made several things from her website, and I still have several things bookmarked.  I am very thankful that she is letting me feature her recipe on my blog.  Her recipe is simple, straightforward, and, most of all, delicious!

Anyways, the nice thing about this recipe is that you probably already have everything that you need in your pantry.  The ingredients are easy to mix together, taking maybe a total of 15 minutes.  I like to think that they are somewhat healthy (you know, they have OATMEAL in them), but, I’ll let you decide for yourself.

Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

Makes approximately 25 cookies (depending on how big you want them)


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1/2 cup milk

2 cups sugar  (sometimes I add only 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups sugar.  You know, so I can think that they are better for me 😉 ).

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 tsp. vanilla

3 cups quick oats

1. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter.

2. Add milk, cocoa, and sugar to melted butter and mix well, bringing mixture to a boil.

3. Boil for 1-2 minutes; remove from heat.

4. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla, mix well.

5. Add oats and stir until fully combined. (I recommend using a wooden spoon as the mixture will be extremely thick and heavy.)

6. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper, let cool.  The cookies will harden as they cool.

The next time I make these I am going to experiment with adding some dried cranberries or other dried fruit.  I think it might be amazing.

Adapted from gimmesomeoven.

Don’t eat too many!

August 19, 2010 - 12:49 pm

jejune - Oh I am hungry!

August 19, 2010 - 3:33 pm

Michelle - These are very good! I usually make them with carob powder and honey instead of the sugar and the chocolate, so then they are healthier? Also, I’ve seen them made with your recipe, but leaving out the cocoa, so just peanut buttery, which is kind of fun!
Thanks for posting!

August 19, 2010 - 3:52 pm

Sabrina - My mom makes these too, and I made them yesterday. They’re my favorite. Same recipe too.

August 19, 2010 - 7:06 pm

Rachael - I love these cookies. A friend gave me an identical recipe earlier this year and and have made them a couple of times since. You definitely don’t need to use 2 cups of sugar, I think I used 1 cup the last time. I used regular oats too and those worked fine. I like to make them into bars so that it cuts the work significantly but the payoff is still the same!

August 20, 2010 - 1:58 pm

Joan - I love these. My mom used to make these in the 60s for us. We called them “gooey cookies”. 🙂

August 22, 2010 - 12:55 pm

Gretchen - I loooooove no bakes!!! I have been using the Roselyn Bakery recipe which is pretty similar. Yummmm!

August 23, 2010 - 4:24 pm

Annabelle - “Chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal-what else do you need?”

Silly goose, of course you need BUTTA!!!! 😀

butter makes everything better!!!….unless you’re on a diet 😛

August 24, 2010 - 5:04 pm

Kat - My family makes these without the peanut butter, I prefer them that way, because more often than not, I’ve discovered that there’s just too much peanut butter in them for me to enjoy.

August 24, 2010 - 5:40 pm

Jessica - OMG I LOVE THESE! My mom grew up eating these and nicknamed them “cow flop cookies.” I haven’t had them in a while, but this makes me nostalgic- off to the kitchen!!!

August 24, 2010 - 8:15 pm

Jeff - The recipe is exactly how I make it, though I eat it fresh (hot) from the stove, glopped into a bowl with a big glass of milk to wash it down. 🙂

August 25, 2010 - 9:19 am

sara - I love these too! We affectionately call them “poop cookies” at our house because Grant thought that’s what they looked like when I first made them for him many moons ago. The name stuck because no one wants to try “poop cookies,” which means there are more for us!

August 29, 2010 - 10:30 pm

Terri - These are delicious with dried coconut and for an extra chocolate kick add chocolate chips when you add the oats.

August 31, 2010 - 10:03 am

Brian - Hi, just stumbled your blog. I made these just recently but added protein powder, almonds, and flaxseed. They were great!

September 9, 2010 - 1:04 pm

Kristina - Just made these, theyre cooling now, and all I can say is YUM! I added dried cranberries to half the batch and chocolate chips to the others. Delicious recipe.

September 13, 2010 - 12:09 am

Shelby - these sound amazing, but do you think it would still work if i made them vegan?
buttery spread instead of butter;
soy milk instead of normal milk..

September 13, 2010 - 6:06 pm

Shanon Lacy - Hi Shelby-

Hmmm…all I can say is try it, and if it works, then you’ve found a new alternative recipe. Let me know if you end up trying it out….it could end up being a phenomenal new cookie!


October 24, 2010 - 2:37 pm

Jess - I just made them but cut down to 1 cup of sugar, made it a heaping 1/4 cup of caribbean cocoa, skim milk, and regular oatmeal, and they turned out phenomenal. They are already starting to set but I made one small test one as my first cookie. I gobbled it up by the time I spooned out the rest and it was starting to set already. I am sure the oats will get a bit more soft as they set up, but perfect as they are right now! =) TY!

January 6, 2011 - 7:23 am

Medėja - They look so good and so delicious. Since I cant bake they look perfect for me.

May 2, 2012 - 10:50 am

Elisa - This sounds excellent! A perfect easy recipe 😀 How long do the cookies take to set though?

May 2, 2012 - 10:56 am

srlacy - Hi Elisa-

Usually they take at least a half hour to an hour to set (but I find the not-so-set ones the easiest to munch on while I wait!)

May 5, 2012 - 12:37 pm

Elisa - Thanks! Do they need to be stored in the fridge if you want to keep it for days? or do they just need to be stored in a air tight container?

May 5, 2012 - 1:12 pm

srlacy - Hey Elisa-

I just keep mine in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days (if they last that long…they never do. Who am I kidding? 🙂 )

May 6, 2012 - 2:26 am

Elisa - alright thanks so much! 🙂 I’ll be making them today. so excited 😀

July 1, 2012 - 7:55 pm

Wendy - Anyone know if you could substitute splenda for the sugar? Trying to up the “healthy.”

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February 25, 2013 - 3:58 pm

Chrystal - This is my exact reciepe (from my husbands grammy). I do add shredded coconut though, keeps them SO moist… (and I don’t even like coconut 😉 )

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December 23, 2013 - 1:24 pm

Kris - This is the same recipe that used to be on the back of the Quaker Oatmeal box years ago. My grandmother made these for us when we were kids, and now I make them for my family. I just made them this week. They are so good. They are perfect just the way they are; however, I see someone posted about adding coconut – that is one thing I might try one day.